Global network provides humanitarian aid for more than 20 natural disasters and global crises to date, saving millions of lives

15 Apr 2019

The Logistics Emergency Teams (LET) facilitates support from global logistics companies to enable a more effective and efficient response to large-scale natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

The impact.

The LET has provided humanitarian assistance to more than 20 natural disasters and global crises to date

In 2005, the World Economic Forum helped to establish the Logistics Emergency Teams (LET), a network of representatives from four of the world’s largest logistics and transport companies (Agility, DP World, Maersk and UPS) who work together in partnership with the World Food Programme-led Global Logistics Cluster to deliver free humanitarian assistance.

To date, the LET has responded to more than 20 large-scale natural disasters and humanitarian crises, providing critical logistical support for hurricane victims in Haiti, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, tsunami victims in Indonesia, civilians in war-ravaged Yemen and many more.

In 2018, 1,943 employees of LET member companies were trained in humanitarian logistics, contingency operations and disaster response to ensure that they were better prepared for future crises.

What's the challenge?

When natural disaster strikes, governments and humanitarian agencies rush to provide relief, but the sudden increase in demand for aid can disrupt or overstretch logistics infrastructure.

Companies can provide vital support through funding, goods and services. However, without proper coordination, donations can add confusion and often fail to meet actual needs.

Our approach.

The World Economic Forum facilitated the creation of the Logistics Emergency Teams to fill these logistical gaps in the coordination and delivery of humanitarian assistance.

The LET unites the capacity and resources of the logistics industry with the expertise and experience of the humanitarian community to provide more effective and efficient disaster relief. LET member companies support humanitarian efforts by supplying free logistics services, expertise and assets to the Global Logistics Cluster. The LET also helps improve emergency preparedness by conducting Logistics Capacity Assessments for high-risk countries and disaster response training for employees of LET member companies.

Today, the LET remains one of the best Forum-initiated and operationalized public-private partnerships. From delivering essential medical supplies to vulnerable populations trapped in the Yemeni crisis to enabling rapid information sharing to help earthquake and tsunami victims in Indonesia, the LET has helped save the lives of millions of people affected by natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

"The LET volunteers made important information contributions to our operations planning. They could quickly access and verify information by tapping into their local business knowledge and networks. This was extremely helpful as it helped the humanitarian community make operational decisions which were more informed and faster".

– Stephen Cahill, Global Logistics Cluster Coordinator, on dealing with the aftermath of the September 2018 earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia

How can you get involved?

The Forum continues to support the LET through its Platform for Shaping the Future of Mobility and invites current Forum partners and members to engage in this Platform.

Shaping the Future of Mobility

The Platform for Shaping the Future of Mobility aims to facilitate the creation of safe, clean and inclusive global transportation systems

Find out more about this Platform on TopLink
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